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Rutland, VT, 05701
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Holistic Orchard Workshop with Michael Phillips - May 19th

Kristin Smith

Folks - This workshop is a bit of a trip but definitely worth it. There are still a few spots left but will go fast. RSVP by contacting Jack Mastrianni at jamastrianni@yahoo.com or call 603-835-6488. HOLISTIC ORCHARD WORKSHOP NOFA NH is excited to be offering a day with Michael Phillips, the author of "The Apple Grower" and the recently released "The Holistic Orchard". This will be a full day intensive workshop and hands on practicum. It will take place at Maple Frost Farm, on 277 Holden Hill Road, in Langdon, NH, on Saturday, May 19th from 9 - 4.

Holistic Orchard Intensive On Saturday, May 19, 9 am - 4 pm At Maple Frost Farm, 277 Holden Hill Road in Langdon, NH (Southwestern NH) Presenter: Organic Grower Michael Phillips Cost: $65 for NOFA members/$75 for non-members. Beginner Organic Farmer scholarships available. Register now! Limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Register: Email Jack Mastrianni at jamastrianni@yahoo.com or call 603-835-6488

Michael Phillips, widely acclaimed author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard, will discuss the key role fungal duff management and optimal nutrition plays for fruit trees and woodsy berries. We will meet in a homestead orchard in southwestern New Hampshire during the spring bloom period. This is an excellent time to identify the insect and disease dynamics faced by New England growers. The core paradigm for this hands-on, day-long workshop centers on orchard health and the subtleties of a biodiverse ecosystem that make organic fruit-growing doable. Michael will share varietal and rootstock choices across the fruit spectrum – from apples to pears to peaches to cherries to berries – along with mulch and pruning instruction to manage them properly. A holistic spray schedule that supports system health is so very different from toxic thinking. We’ll find plenty of time to address individual questions and then end with a rambunctious wassail sure to kindle those hopes of offering the “good fruit” to one’s own family and community. This is guaranteed to be an informative day for the diversified CSA grower as well as current, soon-to-be or aspiring home orchardists.